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NDRF personnel during their ongoing rescue operations at Tapovan Tunnel in flash flood-hit Chamoli district. (PTI Photo)

Chamoli glacier burst: Two more bodies recovered from Tapovan, toll reaches 67

PTI, Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 10:14 AM IST
Search operation at the project site has been underway on a war footing basis for a fortnight since it bore the brunt of an avalanche triggered by a glacier burst over Rishi Ganga in Chamoli district on February 7.
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Rescuers on Thursday recovered another body from the Tapovan dam tunnel in Uttarakhand’s flash flood-hit Chamoli district, taking the toll from the tragedy to 59,(PTI)
Rescuers on Thursday recovered another body from the Tapovan dam tunnel in Uttarakhand’s flash flood-hit Chamoli district, taking the toll from the tragedy to 59,(PTI)

The lessons to be drawn from Chamoli disaster

By Abhishek Jha, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:01 AM IST
The effects of the climate crisis on Uttarakhand’s weather patterns and their impact on the environment’s capacity to sustain damage being done by the construction of dams makes the state particularly vulnerable.
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Warning systems failed both at Rishi Ganga and Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project. The India Meteorological Department doesn't yet have any weather monitoring stations in the higher reaches of the mountains.(PTI)
Warning systems failed both at Rishi Ganga and Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project. The India Meteorological Department doesn't yet have any weather monitoring stations in the higher reaches of the mountains.(PTI)

Uttarakhand fails to deliver early warning system 8 years after it was promised

By Jayashree Nandi, Joshimath
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:27 AM IST
The decision to install an early warning system comes nearly 8 years after the Union environment ministry had said in an affidavit that Uttarakhand urgently needed a flood forecasting network. An expert panel appointed in 2013 had observed that lack of disaster preparedness was a dangerous lacuna.
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Rescue and restoration work continues at damaged Tapovan barrage, weeks after the glacier burst at Joshimath which triggered a massive flash flood on Feb. 7, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand,(PTI)
Rescue and restoration work continues at damaged Tapovan barrage, weeks after the glacier burst at Joshimath which triggered a massive flash flood on Feb. 7, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand,(PTI)

Centre denies Char Dham road expansion link to Chamoli disaster

By Abraham Thomas, Neeraj Santoshi, New Delhi, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:23 AM IST
The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) data submitted to the HPC have identified 161 sensitive locations in 574 km (on NH-94 Rishikesh to Uttarkashi, NH-58 Rishikesh to Mana and NH-125 Tanakpur to Pithoragarh), about one location every 3.5 km.
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SDRF personnel setting up a siren-based early-warning water level sensor system for a sudden surge in Rishiganga waters in Chamoli district. (HT Photo)
SDRF personnel setting up a siren-based early-warning water level sensor system for a sudden surge in Rishiganga waters in Chamoli district. (HT Photo)

Uttarakhand disaster: Reni gets 1st warning system in case of sudden water surge

By Neeraj Santoshi, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:32 AM IST
State Disaster Response Force commandant Navneet Bhullar said they have set up the water-level sensor nearly one kilometre upstream of the village.
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The eight-member High Attitude Rescue Team (HART) of SDRF, including Everest summiteers.(HT Photo)
The eight-member High Attitude Rescue Team (HART) of SDRF, including Everest summiteers.(HT Photo)

Everest summiteers to IITian top cop: People at forefront of U'khand rescue ops

By Kalyan Das, Neeraj Santoshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 01:05 AM IST
  • HT spoke to some of the main rescuers and officers on the frontline who are leading and coordinating the search and rescue operations.
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More than 300 personnel joined the operation on Tuesday as authorities stepped up the rescue operation.(PTI)
More than 300 personnel joined the operation on Tuesday as authorities stepped up the rescue operation.(PTI)

Uttarakhand disaster: Challenges, progress during rescue operation

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 06:57 PM IST
On February 7, a glacier burst in the Tapovan-Raini area in Chamoli, triggering massive flooding in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers. Hundreds of people went missing after the floods and many houses were damaged along with the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydropower plant and the under-construction Rishiganga Hydel Project.
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A team of ITBP, Police, and NDRF carrying out a search and rescue operation at Raini Village, in Chamoli on Monday. (ANI Photo)
A team of ITBP, Police, and NDRF carrying out a search and rescue operation at Raini Village, in Chamoli on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Will form dept to monitor glaciers via satellite: Minister after Chamoli tragedy

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 09:02 AM IST
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel along with the National Disaster Response Force and other sister agencies have been conducting search and rescue operations in the Chamoli district for the past 10 days.
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BRO workers engaged in building a valley bridge at Raini village, after Feb. 7 glacier burst, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.(PTI)
BRO workers engaged in building a valley bridge at Raini village, after Feb. 7 glacier burst, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.(PTI)

Water supply back to normal, says Delhi Jal Board after Chamoli impact

UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:47 AM IST
DJB vice-chairperson Raghav Chadha on Monday said the water utility has overcome the supply issue. He also visited DJB’s Bhagirathi Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to take stock of the situation.
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A team of NDRF searches with the help of dogs at Raini Village in Chamoli. (ANI Photo)
A team of NDRF searches with the help of dogs at Raini Village in Chamoli. (ANI Photo)

Uttarakhand tragedy: 5 more bodies recovered, death toll reaches 56

By Kalyan Das, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 02:22 AM IST
  • Among the five bodies, three were recovered from the 1.7 kilometre-long Tapovan tunnel at NTPC's hydel power project.
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People fill their empty containers with water using lengths of hose pipe from a Delhi Jal Board tanker. (Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo )
People fill their empty containers with water using lengths of hose pipe from a Delhi Jal Board tanker. (Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo )

Water supply in parts of Delhi likely to be hit due to Uttarakhand glacier burst

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 08:11 AM IST
In a series of tweets, Chadha urged residents to use water judiciously as two of Delhi's water treatment plants were not operating at their full capacity following the disruptions due to Uttarakhand calamity.
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Personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are seen during their search and rescue operation to look for missing people at Raini village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are seen during their search and rescue operation to look for missing people at Raini village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Uttarakhand flash flood: Death toll reaches 50, 154 still missing after a week

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 07:10 PM IST
Officials have said that the 12 bodies were found in a tunnel of the Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Plant and from a village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district.
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Rescue workers recovering a body from the tunnel at NTPC's hydel power project in Tapovan on Sunday morning. (HT Photo)
Rescue workers recovering a body from the tunnel at NTPC's hydel power project in Tapovan on Sunday morning. (HT Photo)

Chamoli tragedy: After 7 days, 12 more bodies recovered including 5 from Tapovan

By Kalyan Das, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 06:26 PM IST
  • The five bodies in the tunnel were recovered after the rescue workers cleared the muck inside at a distance of about 130 metres.
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Border Road Organization (BRO) personnel carry out rescue and restoration work at Raini village. (PTI Photo/For Representative Purposes)
Border Road Organization (BRO) personnel carry out rescue and restoration work at Raini village. (PTI Photo/For Representative Purposes)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Rescuers find 2 more bodies in Tapovan tunnel

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 08:57 AM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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The lake formed in Rishi Ganga catchment area above Raini village.(SDRF)
The lake formed in Rishi Ganga catchment area above Raini village.(SDRF)

'No new lake, it's part of bigger one that caused Chamoli disaster': Experts

By Kalyan Das, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 08:37 PM IST
  • Reports emerged about the formation of a "new" glacial lake in the Rishi Ganga catchment area, about six kilometres above Raini village.
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The IMD, meanwhile, warned that a fresh, feeble western disturbance was likely to impact the Western Himalayas from February 14 to 16.(PTI)
The IMD, meanwhile, warned that a fresh, feeble western disturbance was likely to impact the Western Himalayas from February 14 to 16.(PTI)

Uttarakhand rescuers face fresh threat after lake formation, say experts

By Neeeraj Santoshi and Jayashree Nandi, Dehradun, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 06:05 AM IST
Geologists have sounded caution about the lake near the disaster-hit Reni village and said water from there could ooze out gradually and pose a risk to teams involved in rescue and search operations downstream.
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Rescue workers drilling inside the tunnel on Friday.(HT Photo )
Rescue workers drilling inside the tunnel on Friday.(HT Photo )

Chamoli tragedy: Rescue agencies change tactic, focus on drilling into tunnel

By Kalyan Das, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 08:47 PM IST
  • Till Friday evening, three more bodies had been recovered, taking the confirmed death toll to 38.
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Rescue efforts continued in the Tapovan tunnel for the sixth consecutive day on Friday.(PTI)
Rescue efforts continued in the Tapovan tunnel for the sixth consecutive day on Friday.(PTI)

Dozens dead, hundreds missing: What we know about Uttarakhand floods so far

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 06:03 PM IST
Here is everything that has happened since the floods on Sunday.
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State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel stand outside the entrance of Tapovan tunnel during rescue efforts in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. (AFP)
State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel stand outside the entrance of Tapovan tunnel during rescue efforts in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. (AFP)

Rescue ops resume after brief halt in Uttarakhand's Chamoli

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 04:00 PM IST
The death toll after the flash flood in Chamoli district has risen to 34, out of which 10 have been identified, and 204 people are still missing.
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Rescue and restoration works being carried out, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Wednesday. (PTI Photo )
Rescue and restoration works being carried out, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Wednesday. (PTI Photo )

Rescue teams begin drilling operations at Uttarakhand flood site

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 10:05 AM IST
Uttarakhand glacier burst: The rescue teams have so recovered 34 bodies and as many as 170 people were missing as of Wednesday night.
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Villagers watch the rescue operations carried at Tapovan barrage, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Wednesday. (PTI Photo )
Villagers watch the rescue operations carried at Tapovan barrage, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Wednesday. (PTI Photo )

13 villages cut off as lone bridge near Rishi Ganga project washes away

By Kalyan Das | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:14 PM IST
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also visited the 13 border villages on Tuesday and met the locals.
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Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (PTI Photo )
Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (PTI Photo )

‘Way ahead difficult’: Rescue ops at Tapovan tunnel continues, 30 feared trapped

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 11:00 AM IST
Thirty two bodies have so far been recovered and at least 206 people are missing following the glacier burst in Uttarakhand that led to flash floods in the Chamoli district on Sunday.
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NDRF, SDRF, ITBP and army personnel carrying out search and rescue operation while clearing the debris of a tunnel after the glacier burst in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. (ANI)
NDRF, SDRF, ITBP and army personnel carrying out search and rescue operation while clearing the debris of a tunnel after the glacier burst in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. (ANI)

Number of Jharkhand residents missing in Chamoli district rises to 21

By Sanjoy Dey, Ranchi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 09:30 PM IST
  • Ten people, who are stranded, want to return to Jharkhand.
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Search and rescue operation underway at Tapovan tunnel in Chamoli on Tuesday. (ANI)
Search and rescue operation underway at Tapovan tunnel in Chamoli on Tuesday. (ANI)

UP residents head for Uttarakhand to look for kin missing after Chamoli disaster

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:09 PM IST
  • The Uttar Pradesh government had prepared a list of 71 people from various districts of the state who are missing after the Chamoli disaster.
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Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(PTI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(PTI)

Uttarakhand CM, Cong leaders visit disaster-hit areas, assess ground situation

By HT Correspondent, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 07:30 PM IST
  • CM Rawat had left for Chamoli on Monday evening where he spent the night before flying off to the affected villages.
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SDRF men looking for bodies in river after Chamoli disaster in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
SDRF men looking for bodies in river after Chamoli disaster in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)

Efforts underway to rescue those trapped in Uttarakhand tunnel: Amit Shah

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 06:41 PM IST
Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that efforts are underway on a war footing to rescue those who are trapped in a tunnel after a glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday.
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SDRF men looking for bodies in river after Chamoli disaster in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
SDRF men looking for bodies in river after Chamoli disaster in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)

Chamoli tragedy: Bodies found up to 150 kms downstream of hydel project

By Kalyan Das | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 06:05 PM IST
  • Battling muddy water and wading in knee-deep muck, SDRF teams search for bodies stuck in boulders and tree roots downstream.
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Mud and debris brought by the river in the Tapovan Tunnel after the Glacier burst in Chamoli on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Mud and debris brought by the river in the Tapovan Tunnel after the Glacier burst in Chamoli on Monday.(ANI Photo)

Chamoli glacial burst: Labourers say lucky their hands did not lose grip

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 04:38 PM IST
  • Twenty-six people were confirmed dead but at least 170 others remained missing Monday after the glacier broke off a mountainside, triggering a flash flood through a valley in Uttarakhand state.
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On Tuesday, the rescue operations began with a Mi-17 helicopter leaving Dehradun for Joshimath with NDRF personnel on board in the morning.(ANI)
On Tuesday, the rescue operations began with a Mi-17 helicopter leaving Dehradun for Joshimath with NDRF personnel on board in the morning.(ANI)

Uttarakhand flash flood: Toll rises to 31 after 5 bodies recovered, says report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 01:48 PM IST
A joint team of ITBP, army, NDRF and SDRF entered the Tapovan tunnel to check the water level inside it ahead of the point where the debris has been cleared.
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